Top 7 destinations for Whale Watching

From the icy landscapes of Antarctica to the tropical waters of Costa Rica, whales can often be easier to find than you think… here are the top destinations to spot whales and the best times to see them.

1 mins read


Humpback whale in Alaska

Whales are the largest animals on Earth reaching up to 100 feet and weighing 200 tons. These gentle ocean giants are top of the food chain, so they play a hugely important role in the overall health of the marine environment. 

When you embark on an expedition cruise, you’ll be exploring some of the most remote and pristine places on the planet where wildlife lives free. Our expedition itineraries are not completely set in stone, often our captains will divert course to grasp new opportunities such as wildlife watching, giving you greater opportunities to spot these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats.

1. Antarctica

Despite its freezing temperatures, Antarctica is a haven for wildlife. The surrounding ice-laden seas form a rich feeding area for large numbers of whales. Blue whales can eat up to 40 million krill per day making Antarctica the perfect place for them to live as Krill is one of the key species in the Antarctic ecosystem. The majestic whales can appear out of nowhere and may even pop up right next to you when you are out on smaller explorer boats or kayaking through the icebergs.

Which whales can you see? Blue, Killer/orca, Humpback, Fin, Minke, Sperm, Southern Right, Sei

Best time to see whales: February – March

Antarctica Expeditions

2. Iceland

Iceland’s long summer days, mineral-rich waters and fertile coastal cliffs attract a wonderful mix of sea mammals. Whales will migrate to Iceland during the summer months to feed and breed. Around twenty-three whale species have been spotted here… so there’s a good chance you’ll meet one on your expedition. Despite humpback whales getting all the attention because of their playful antics, minke whales are the most common whale species found in Iceland’s waters. Minkes can be curious creatures and are known for approaching ships, even keeping pace with the moving vessels at times!

Which whales can you see? Humpback, Minke, Harbour Porpoise, Blue

Best time to see whales: May-August

Explore Iceland

3. Greenland

Greenland is the world’s largest island, and its ice-free fringed shores attract plenty of whale species. Most whales visit Greenland in the summer months when it's completely ice-free. The most common species that you may spot are the humpback whales, however, you may also be lucky enough to see the cheeky minke whales. Disko Bay is the best place for seeing whales. 

Which whales can you see? Minke, Humpback, Sperm, Fin, Bowhead, Narwhal, Beluga

Best time to see whales: April – September

Greenland Expeditions

Other stories